Caye Caulker, Belize
serene, island village of Caye Caulker was first inhabited by the Mestizos
fleeing the Caste Wars in Mexico. The settlers found this island paradise a
haven for fishing and coconut farming (Cocals) and were the first to form the
country’s (Northern) Fisherman’s Cooperative, today one of the country’s
largest exporting industries.
coconut plantations are now rare, the extraction of coconut oils and the baking
of coconut breads and pies still exist on a small scale. In the evenings, as you
meander back from your day’s tour, you will find many children with baskets
selling an assortment of hot, fresh, home-baked coconut breads, pies and cakes.
As the new century emerges,
however, one can notably see that Caye Caulker’s focus is turning more and
more towards tourism. The main street, known as “Front Street” is dotted
with small businesses, dive & snorkel shops, restaurants, and gift shops,
mostly locally owned, casual in appearance and atmosphere.
welcome the avid listener to tales of island myths; stories of life past, when
open-aired outhouses dotted the tips of piers, kerosene lanterns lit houses and
bathing was done in the street next to the water well. Enthusiastic listeners
themselves, they, too, lend keen ears to new ideas, lifestyles
embracing the exotic blends of international cultures.
up a chair next to an island native and have a splendid evening of chitchat.
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